Mat experience is the ultimate goal for the Douglas High wrestling team heading into the 38th annual Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno.
Eighty-five teams, featuring athletes from six states around the West, will be showcased today and Saturday at the Reno Livestock Events Center. The opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m. today. The medal round on Saturday is set to start at 4 p.m.
The Tigers will field a full lineup of wrestlers who are looking to the Classic as a measuring stick to see how they stack up for the rest of the season.
“It’s great exposure,” Douglas coach David Singer said. “If anyone can finish anywhere in the top 10 at this tournament, that is a good indicator of where they stand in the state picture.”
Chance Thoene in the 220-pound weight class is leading the Tigers into the arena with his 8-2 record. Junior 182-pounder Zach Singer, coming off a fourth-place performance at Lowry’s Cody Louk Invitational, is competing for the first time at the Sierra Nevada Classic (due to injuries the last two seasons).
Coach Singer added that two freshmen, 106-pounder Kindel Isham and 113-pounder Will Williams, are looking forward to their first Sierra Nevada Classic.
Merely qualifying to come back and wrestle Saturday is an achievement in itself.
“I certainly think it is,” Singer said. “The last time we got anybody to the second day was Sullivan Cauley two years ago.”
Cauley placed fourth for Douglas at the 2012 state tournament and then third as a 220-pounder last season after transferring to Reno High.
Note: States represented in the tournament include California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, New Mexico and Nevada.